Agra sightseeing tour –Fatehpur Sikri – Delhi (by car- 250 kms/ 05 hrs)
Agra sightseeing tour will commence from early in the morning. Taj Mahal looks exceedingly beautiful during sunrise hours. Agra tour guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Special Agra experience will be added by enjoying a ‘tonga’ ride, from Agra hotel to Taj Mahal.
The source of the name "Taj Mahal" is not very clear but scholars believe that it is an abbreviation of the name of the empress, Mumtaz Mahal and translated as "Crown Palace". It took twenty-two years, thirty-two million rupees and more than twenty thousand workers to build it. Completed in 1648, the documents concerning the construction of the Taj Mahal cite the name of Ustad Isa as the architect of Taj Mahal. The skilled workforce belonged to Delhi, Kannauj, Lahore, Multan, Baghdad, Shiraz and Bukhara. It is unfathomable and unswerving manifestation a man’s love to her wife-the woman who proved his loyalty and lasting friendship until his last breath, a woman of great physical beauty and charming virtues.
After visiting Taj Mahal, return to Agra hotel to relax, refresh and have breakfast. Thereafter, check out from the hotel and proceed for visiting Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
"Agra Fort" is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Agra. It is symbolic of Mughal grandeur and might. Akbar, Babur’s grandson, raised the towering ramparts of the Red Fort. Jahangir built, within Red Fort of Agra, palaces, courtyards and gardens. Later, Shah Jahan built several beautiful buildings like mosques, palaces and pavilions of gargantuan scale. All those constructions are embellished with marble and architectural finesse.
"Fatehpur Sikri" is termed as Ghost City, almost 37 kms from Agra, a city in Uttar Pradesh, India. Fatehpur Sikri was founded by Akbar, who had no heir for a long time. In order to seek a son, he visited Shaikh Salim Chishti who lived in a town called Sikri. Akbar got his blessing and, thus, three children. As a gesture, Akbar built a new city in Sikri-a city dominated by red sandstone buildings- Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri was built during the late sixteenth century by Akbar. Fatehpur Sikri or the City of Victory was the capital of the Mughal kingdom for a period of 10 years. The complex has great monuments, all in a uniform architectural form - amalgamation of Indian and Asian architecture. The complex also includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid. Built between 1569 and 1585 to be the capital along with Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was soon abandoned by its critical water system. This medieval township is kept abandoned for nearly 400 years and its palaces are reminders of the extravagance of the Mughal. The effort of the Archaeological Department has retained much of the old structures in this deserted city. The mosque at Fatehpur Sikri is said to be a replica of the mosque in Mecca and has designs, derived from Persian and Indian architecture. Although the city is in ruins, it is a place to see during a visit to Agra. But in real terms Fatehpur Sikri is a place where you should spend your time. The sunset over the ruins is a glorious site. Fatehpur Sikri is now a world heritage site. The best monuments in this area are the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Panch Mahal, Jama Masjid, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti are among the finest specimens of Mughal architecture.
After visiting Fatehpur Sikri, depart for New Delhi. Late in the evening reach New Dehi. You will directly be transferred to Delhi hotel for leisure and overnight stay.